Often times, we coaches do not tell the answers outright during the coaching sessions although they are obvious. We may reply with more questions instead of an answer.
It’s not because we are trying to play the philosopher’s games or trying to prolong the coaching process (and earn more coaching fees!). It’s because certain insights can only come from within the coachee, and what may be the right answer for one is definitely not for another.
Some answers are only found in asking the right questions.
To illustrate this point, I want to share with you the following story, shared with me from one of my readers from Scotland (thanks). It’s about a group of eaglets, seeking assurances and answers on the most important day of their lives – the first time they fly solo.
An Important Day For Eaglets
- By Tom Reilly
The nest of young eagles hung on every word as the Master Eagle described his exploits. This was an important day for the eaglets. They were preparing for their first solo flight from the nest. It was the confidence builder many of them needed to fulfil their destiny.
“How far can I travel?” asked one of the eaglets.
“How far can you see?” responded the Master Eagle.
“How high can I fly?” quizzed the young eaglet.
“How far can you stretch your wings?” asked the old eagle.
“How long can I fly?” the eaglet persisted.
“How far is the horizon?” the mentor rebounded.
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